Ableton's Max For Live Connection Kit Makes Experimenting With Arduino, OSC, littleBits Easy

Ableton have released a free Max for Live collection of 11 devices that deserve praise and kudos. If you like the idea of connecting and controlling Arduino, OSC, Json, sensors, cameras... enjoy!  

Blimey! First Ableton Link, the protocol that allows iOS and Ableton apps to wirelessly play in sync, blew our minds. Now, this new FREE set of Max for Live devices from Ableton, Connection Kit, look to make Live 9.6 the go-to DAW for audio experiments. Perhaps it always was, but now if you want to connect to and control a number of different technologies and communication protocols Ableton Live surely can’t be beaten.

Ableton tell us you can use “LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, Arduino, or littleBits™ to connect up sensors, lights or motors, open your sound world up to the web through JSON-based APIs, or convert OSC data to MIDI data. The list of input and output possibilities for music & sound creation with Live is almost endless.”

Connection Kit Contents

This free Max for Live pack is comprised of 11 Max for Live devices.

  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 – Connect an EV3 Programmable Brick to Live and get access to its sensors and motors. 
  • Arduino - Connects switches, potentiometers and other sensors to control Live parameters, or use Live to control LEDs or Servos connected to an Arduino Uno.
  • littleBits™ - use the littleBits Arduino with other input/sensor Bits to control Live. It also enables events in Live to control your other littleBits modules. Find out more about littleBits at
  • Camera – fetches webcam data in order to control mappable parameters.
  • OSC Send – converts any mappable Live parameter to OSC data for sending out of Live.
  • OSC TouchOSC – allows you to map any controller from any available TouchOSC layout to live elements.
  • OSC Monitor – a simple but useful OSC data monitor.
  • OSC Leap Motion – uses Leap Motion to generate midi notes with the help of the ManosOsc application.
  • OSC MIDI Send – sends MIDI note and velocity data as OSC messages to a Processing 
  • sketch.JSON Weather – one of two examples on how to fetch JSON data from the internet, parse it through dictionaries and query specific data content from it.
  • JSON Video – the second example device on how to fetch web data in JSON format: uses #ableton tagged looped videos from the online video sharing service “Vine”.

So, if you decide that you’d like to get tinkering, experimenting and generally taking your sound explorations to the next level this Max for Live pack is for you.

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